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Te Tiriti O Waitangi: Settlement process resource

Keeping Promises: The Treaty Settlement Process by Mark Derby "provides an accessible introduction to the Treaty settlement process. The content covers events from…


Added by Hazel Owen on December 11, 2017 at 12:27 — No Comments

Star Wars has Theology, Doctrines and an Online Temple of Jedi Order

Star Wars is not just a hugely popular group of movies but it is more.

I came on the following materials that opened my eyes to the deeper levels of this.

While I enjoy the movies, I do not obsess over the matters between viewings. Yet there are millions of passionate fans all over the world that have the posters, action figures, and costumes a…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 14, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Innovate to survive: being prepared to teach in times of crisis

The earthquake in Christchurch was in 2010, and the aftermath is still very visible, although the city now has many, vibrant new spaces.

At the time of the earthquake countless people were impacted personally and professionally, including education organisations. For some, the experience, and the whole…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 10, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Re-visualising innovative online learning spaces in an early childhood teacher education programme

Español: Caja de tapa y fondo

Re-visualising innovative online learning spaces in an early childhood teacher education programme. Lesley Pohio and Maryann Lee, from the University of Auckland, described an exciting initiative, which included having students access a camera…

Added by Hazel Owen on January 13, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Lyncconf share the top 15+ Best Minecraft Mods for 2018

Charles Grey from Lyncconf contacted me recently to share something, which, if you are a Minecraft enthusiast, will be really interesting. Charles and his team have pulled together over 15 Minecraft mods for 2018 in this valuable resource.

The introduction to the article opens by asking, "What are the best Minecraft mods?",…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 14, 2018 at 22:30 — No Comments

What DO people think the benefits of coaching and mentoring are?

I often find myself pondering why coaching and mentoring are so powerful. When I am being coached the fact that someone is listening so intently, and asking questions that in turn ... even though I know they are part of a coach's tool box ... help me dig deeper than when I ask myself the same questions. I am not the most extroverted person around, but still have a deep…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 17, 2018 at 15:10 — 1 Comment

Our Brains Extended

Came across this article while I was browsing the other day. Some really interesting ideas and questions arise from it I think. Hazel also came up with some like:

• What are the capabilities that make the human mind unique—such as empathy and passion—for which people should…


Added by Nigel Bailey on January 18, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Towards a multiversity: A keynote session with Professor Paul Bacsich

Although Ed Flagg passed away, his erudite posts are still part of the online world of learning. As such, I would like to share another gem of his from the archive.

Professor Paul…


Added by Edward Flagg on January 18, 2018 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Would you like to know how to create an interactive diagram in Google Slides?

Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) shared this 'how to' resource, which you may find useful. Richard writes:

"Google Slides has a lot of capabilities that often go overlooked. One of those capabilities is the option to link slides so that viewers don't have to necessarily see them in a chronological sequence. By linking slides you can create an interactive diagram in Google Slides.…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2018 at 11:21 — No Comments

Māori and Pasifika achievement at secondary school

This post was shared by Karen Melhuish Spencer (originally here):

Great story here that was shared this morning on Radio NZ National,…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 19, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Answers to tough questions about eLearning

I was emailed recently (by John S Oliver) with the following: "I have heard of star on the stage into guide on the side. What are the other phrases? What are the ways to communicate in a sentence the impact of edutech?"...and so I thought about it a few days, and then did some research around it. I couldn't find any equivalent 'sayings' - so if you know any,…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Designing learning spaces...some thoughts and resources

English: The media suite at Albany…

Added by Hazel Owen on January 20, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Promoting the rights of youth

Olympia, WA (January 2018)—The Freechild Project is now Freechild Institute. In order to accurately…

Added by Hazel Owen on January 21, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

The art of asking

Amanda Palmer at TED proposing that artists can survive in an online world where everything is sharable - by making it free and simply asking to be paid. It works on me, but I have been a fan of hers for a few years now and more than willing to pay to download her music

It is an interesting talk, and it is clear that she (and others) are making this work. It is a great example of how our digital environment creates new opportunities for expression and learning and earning. Far more, I…


Added by John Owen on January 23, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

Have you noticed how, when you articulate things - either in a verbal or written form - it feels clearer in your head?

Have you noticed how, when you articulate things - either in a verbal or written form - it feels clearer in your head? Sometimes you may write or say something that you weren't expecting. There is also evidence from psychology and neuroscience that talking through traumatic experiences, issues, and challenges, shifts it from the amygdala to the frontal lobe; in other words from the instinctual part of your brain to the processing part of your brain - which is on of…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 28, 2018 at 13:05 — No Comments

Using data to build better education systems plus a belief that all learners are capable of success

This post was written by and posted by Helen Walters (27th June 2012) on the TED blog here |…


Added by Hazel Owen on January 29, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Untapped Potential

As a big believer in strength based approaches to living and working, I decided to catch up with a bit of 'light' reading and took a wee peek at the Gallup 'State Of The Global Workplace'Executive Summary. 

As with similar reports, it beings with an overview of the lay of the land, talking about how we are in a stage of unprecedented change caused by the increase in:

  • digitisation and…

Added by Sarah Whiting on January 29, 2018 at 14:49 — No Comments

Screens damage young brains

Here's an interesting article in discussing the impact of screens on the developing mind. Dr Aric Sigman, a psychologist who talks about the dangers of TVs for children, is quoted as saying, "... ideally, quite frankly, with children, wait as long as possible before they use technology for too many hours. There will be intellectual advantages…


Added by John Owen on February 5, 2018 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

To keep moving forward effectively then I must keep finding the graceful balances between these

being proactive and being responsive

pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river

knowing what the next graceful step is and sorting through the too-many alternatives

soaring along on the currents of wind like a hawk and chopping down trees like a beaver…


Added by John S. Oliver on February 4, 2018 at 15:39 — No Comments

My Students ePortfolio

You always expect a lot and have to be happy when even not a lot is what comes out.

I recently used a video from the University of Idaho about OWN: Outcomes Within Navigation, a device from the blog provider Wordpress that allows students and other people interested to create their own eportfolio.

Well, of course, the students did not quite understand the whole video…


Added by Walter Ruhlmann on February 7, 2018 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

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